Cuffing Season Is Upon Us Again — Here’s How To Find Someone To Make It Through Winter With And Beyond

Being alone at any time of year can suck, but in winter it’s downright unbearable. With COVID-19 lockdowns in place in large parts of the country, it’s more important than ever to find someone during cuffing season to hunker down with and wait fora brighter, less dangerous spring (and beyond). That’s where Inner Circle comes in. It’s the dating app with a difference, helping those of us who are serious about finding love do so while still having a whole lot of fun.

  1. People are taking cuffing season seriously this year. According to a survey performed by the dating app, 53% of people said they feel more pressure than ever before to get cozy with someone this winter. Not only that, but relationships are traveling at warp speed thanks to the pandemic, with 37% of respondents admitting that they’re taking things to the next level way more quickly than they normally would.
  2. Dating is tough in this climate but not impossible. While it’s important to keep ourselves (and each other) safe, the heart wants what it wants. 7 in 10 people are still cool with going on face-to-face dates so why not get involved? Inner Circle makes it way more likely that you’ll find someone actually worth social distancing with, and not just for one night but long-term, because each new member is verified. This means you know exactly who you’re talking to and won’t be tricked by anyone. They have a team of people who actually search the app for fakes and scammers so you can date safely.
  3. If you’re looking for long-term love, you need Inner Circle. Dating should never be stressful, but it also shouldn’t be entirely carefree. After all, you’re not looking for a one-night stand, you’re looking for an actual relationship that will last through all the seasons, not just winter. That’s why Inner Circle requires users to fill out well-rounded profiles as well as upload decent pictures so that you know who you’re meeting before you go. It also means you know people are serious when they’re forced to put effort into their profile. It ultimately saves you time and helps you meet genuine matches.
  4. If you’re fed up of screens, try to meet in person. It’s okay if zoom dates aren’t for you. If the laws and guidelines in your area allow it, then get creative and go on some dates in real life. There’s plenty you can do even if bars and restaurants aren’t open. Before the pandemic, Inner Circle were known for their parties, festivals, and masterclasses that helped to get people together. Although these can’t happen right now, they still want you to get together where possible. On the app you’ll find a  list of cool venues to visit that other users have already checked out so you know they’re guaranteed to be suitable for a date.

Life might be strange right now, but people want to date more than ever. Seriously, what do you have to lose? Sign up to Inner Circle here.

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill